Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), the biggest carrier in Northern Europe, is set to launch seasonal flights between the Swedish capital Stockholm and the Estonian resort of Pärnu this summer.
The route will be served by 70-seat ATR-72s from 25 June-16 August. The flights, which will depart from and return to Arlanda Airport in Stockholm, will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Flight time will be 1 hour and 20 minutes.
SAS launched ticket sales for flights on the Pärnu-Stockholm route on its website www.flysas.com on 24 March. The prices are not fixed, but will be adjusted by the airline according to demand.
Irina Talviste, the Vice-Mayor of Pärnu, says that when the City of Pärnu and companies in the city began preparing for the launch of summer flights between Pärnu and the Finnish capital Helsinki, no one had any idea that another important route would be secured for the city by summer 2022. “The direct flights to Helsinki are a boon, but the chance to fly to the ‘Venice of the North’, as Stockholm is often called, is even better!” she enthused.
“What makes it even more special for us is that Scandinavia’s biggest airline sees real potential in Pärnu as a destination,” Talviste added. “I hope people are already making summer plans to go and discover everything their neighbouring Nordic countries have to offer!”
Andrus Aljas, the director of the Estonia Medical Spa & Hotel, agrees that an airline as big as SAS opening a route to Pärnu is great news for the tourism sector in the city and county as a whole. “It clearly shows that people in Sweden are aware of Pärnu and that the market there has a lot of faith in its potential,” he said.
“Becoming part of the SAS summer schedule will do more for recognition of the county than any marketing campaign could achieve,” Aljas added. “The tourism companies in the region will make the most of the opportunities the new flights open up to them and will do their best to ensure that travellers flying home from Pärnu do so completely satisfied with their visit and recommend it to others in the Nordic countries.”